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Mycobacterium ulcerans ecological dynamics and its association with freshwater ecosystems and aquatic communities: results from a 12-month environmental survey in Cameroon

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Garchitorena, Andrés
Roche, Benjamin
Kamgang, Roger
Ossomba, Joachim
Babonneau, Jérémie
Landier, Jordi
Fontanet, Arnaud
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Published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 2014, vol. 8, no. 5, p. e2879
Abstract Mycobacterium ulcerans (MU) is the agent responsible for Buruli Ulcer (BU), an emerging skin disease with dramatic socioeconomic and health outcomes, especially in rural settings. BU emergence and distribution is linked to aquatic ecosystems in tropical and subtropical countries, especially to swampy and flooded areas. Aquatic animal organisms are likely to play a role either as host reservoirs or vectors of the bacilli. However, information on MU ecological dynamics, both in space and time, is dramatically lacking. As a result, the ecology of the disease agent, and consequently its mode of transmission, remains largely unknown, which jeopardizes public health attempts for its control. The objective of this study was to gain insight on MU environmental distribution and colonization of aquatic organisms through time.
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GARCHITORENA, Andrés et al. Mycobacterium ulcerans ecological dynamics and its association with freshwater ecosystems and aquatic communities: results from a 12-month environmental survey in Cameroon. In: PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 2014, vol. 8, n° 5, p. e2879. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:46739

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